DANIEL SMITH Luminescent (Shimmering) Watercolors are wonderful for painting the special visual effects found in nature
Nature has optical surprises in the colors that you see in birds’ feathers, insects, fish, and seashells, many flowers also have a pearly, dewy sheen to them. Consider the iridescence of a snail’s trail or a silvery spider’s web. Other things that also have a sparkle, or glow depending on the light, a silvery or golden moon, clouds aglow at sunset, rainbows, the sparkle of snow and ice, and glint of water reflections. Don’t forget the sheen of metals like pewter, copper, silver, and gold. There are also mythic subjects that are often thought of as having a special iridescence to them such as fairies, dragons, mermaids and other fantasy figures.
When painting these subjects, having the right paint gives you the special effects that make your paintings come alive which is why DANIEL SMITH makes Luminescent paints! The pigment includes mica, which are thin transparent particles coated with highly reflective metal oxides. When you paint with these watercolors, they’ll create a sense of depth and a sheen that changes with the angle of reflection and observation.
Luminescent (Shimmering) Watercolors show beautifully as glazes over darker colors, and when mixed with similar colors, they add a hint of their luminous glow. You can mix Luminescent watercolors with your other watercolors to add some of their special effects to the mix.
What are the differences between the 4 types of Luminescent (Shimmering) Watercolors?
DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors add special effects to paintings whose subjects have a glow, sparkle or iridescence that no other paint can replicate.
Artist articles featuring our DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors:
Jean Haines’ | All That Shimmers Set – Coming Soon!
Jean Haines’ All That Shimmer Set – Article by Jean Haines
Julie Karlsson | Luminescent Fish on Black Watercolor Ground
Julie Karlsson | Recycle a Painting: Go Black!
Ken Karlic | Sophisticated Chaos with DANIEL SMITH Watercolors